Coronavirus Lockdown and operation

Updated 14th January
Until the third lockdown was implemented, both railways where our stock is based were expecting to operate services when the new tier settings of the UK Government come into use in early December – despite both being in Tier 3 – but the East Lancashire Railway could not gain permission to operate from the local council, in the end of December review the Worth Valley have remained in Tier 3 but East Lancashire Railway later moved to Tier 4 prior to the third lockdown, preventing any chance of the council permitting them to operate services. January 3rd was be the last day of operation at the Worth Valley until further notice – they are hoping to reopen for February half-term holiday.

Our third class six-wheel carriage 1507 was very popular with passengers in the Worth Valley ‘Santa’ services from early December and Saddletank 752/51456 would hopefully have seen use on services at East Lancashire Railway. Carriage 1507 and our first class 6-wheel 279 were both used on the Worth Valley ‘Mince Pie’ specials over the Christmas and New Year period with great success.

Work on our Bogie Brake 1474 at East Lancashire Railway has now started (see other Latest News) following delays for important work on their operational stock taking precedence for use of the facilities, currently no work is scheduled on our stock at the Worth Valley other than preparation of the six-wheel carriages for (pre-booked) public services.

Initial investigation work has started on Pug 19 at East Lancashire Railway by removal of the cab, tank and boiler to enable Non-Destructive Testing to be carried out on the boiler. Initial examination shows 19 to be in better condition than previously thought. When the test results are known, a further review of restoration plans will take place.

For the latest information from each railway you can check on the web:
Worth Valley here East Lancashire Railway here